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risky

[ris-kee] /ˈrɪs ki/
adjective, riskier, riskiest.
1.
attended with or involving risk; hazardous:
a risky undertaking.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; risk + -y1
Related forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
unrisky, adjective
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
Synonyms
dangerous, perilous.
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Examples for risky
  • Such a translation would be dangerous for a surgeon seeking technical background in a foreign tongue for some risky new operation.
  • As risks go, this one might not be as risky as it seems at face value.
  • Because it is only rarely denominated in their own currencies, foreign debt can be risky for developing countries.
  • The economy has not too much debt but rather too much risky debt: safe debt right now sells at unbelievably high prices.
  • The bank had gone in for all manner of risky proprietary trading.
  • And corporate pensions, once viewed as guaranteeing a prosperous and anxiety-free retirement, are starting to look risky too.
  • Tall buildings-which take years to put up-can be risky investments.
  • Spin-offs are solely reliant on the markets to continue funding them, which is a risky proposition if you study history.
  • Transporting works of art across countries and continents is still a risky undertaking.
  • Its reasoning was that a prolonged jury trial would be risky whatever the merits of its case.
British Dictionary definitions for risky

risky

/ˈrɪskɪ/
adjective riskier, riskiest
1.
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
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